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About the Bulletin

The SSW Bulletin is a bulletin that includes all relevant notices and deadlines from SSW. The Bulletin is distributed weekly during the summer and monthly during the academic year.

Students are welcome and encouraged to use the SSW Bulletin as a vehicle to post items that are relevant to their class or to the entire student body. See posting rules.

JUNE 25, 2012

Monday, June 25
Tuesday, June 26
Wednesday, June 27
Thursday, June 28
Friday, June 29
Saturday, June 30
Sunday, July 1
After July 1
Ongoing Meetings/Events
Announcements, Notices, Awards

Monday - June 25

Lydia Rapoport Lecture - Human Goodness: Theoretical Basis and Technical Applications

Monday, June 25, 7:30pm, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall
Salman Akhtar, M.D.

Appearing to be totally free from moral anchors, psychoanalytic theory does contain scattered views on human goodness. Surveying the writings of Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein, Donald Winnicott, Erik Erikson, and Wilfred Bion reveals that the psychoanalytic portrayal of 'goodness' consists of (i) rationality, restraint, epistemic enthusiasm, and striving for syntheses, (ii) humility, gratitude, empathy, and reparation, (iii) authenticity, concern for others, and playfulness, (iv) trust, generativity, and care, and (v) truthfulness and faith. Such 'goodness' seems to have a multifaceted impact upon the day-to-day work of the psychoanalyst. Eight different ways in which this is evident include the therapist's (1) providing goodness to the patient; (2) behaving with good manners; (3) seeing goodness in the patient; (4) accepting the patient's goodness; (5) diagnosing and analyzing false goodness; (6) interpreting the patient's defenses against the analyst's goodness; (7) interpreting the patient's defenses against his own goodness; and, (8) exploring the history and meanings of the word 'good' for the patient. These measures will be discussed utilizing illustrations from movies, popular literature, poetry, and clinical work. (read more)

Health Insurance Plan Information Session

Monday, June 25, 12:30-1:30, King Living Room
Come hear about the health insurance plan being offered in the coming year. The costs of the plan will decrease as a result of the school becoming part of a larger consortium of Massachusetts schools offering health insurance.

Student Org Executive Meeting

Mondays, 12:30-1:30pm, Scales Study Room

Students of Color EBoard Meeting

Mondays, 5:45-6:45pm, Scales Study Room

Tuesday - June 26

Free Yoga for Students - NEW

Tuesdays, 8:15am-9:00am, Ainsworth 151 (gym)
The Tuesday morning yoga class will have a focus on grounding postures and breathing practices, and creating mindfulness of the subtle experience of yoga. All levels welcome. Come connect to the earth and get nourished! Class will be lead by Julia Jakubowski. If you have questions email Julia at jjakubo@smith.edu.

Disability Awareness Group - NEW

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30, Scales Living Room
Please join us in an effort to support each other and talk about issues regarding ALL forms of disability at Smith College SSW.

Anti-racism Task Force Meeting

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, King Study Room
Come be a part of the ongoing work of the Anti-racism Task Force. The Task Force has been the engine for many of the changes brought about at Smith SSW as we have moved along with our anti-racism commitment. The Task Force has been a very collaborative effort and a place where all constituents of the school have had a chance to work together. It meets on Tuesdays at lunch (12:30-1:30) in the King Study room.

Job Search and Networking Techniques for Social Workers

Tuesday, June 26, 12:30-1:30pm, Scales Study Room
Learn about tools and techniques for networking and job hunting in the social work field at this informal workshop offered by the Lazarus Center for Career Development. All are welcome and feel free to bring your lunch.

LGBTQQIAF Alliance General Meeting

Tuesdays, 5:45pm, Scales Living Room
The Alliance general meeting is open to all members of the Smith SSW community who want a space to build community under the Queer umbrella. Allies are encouraged to join and are always welcome.

Presentation on Poetry by Dr. Salman Akhtar

Tuesday, June 26, 7:00-8:30pm, Neilson Browsing Room
Distinguished visiting Lydia Rapoport Professor, Dr. Salman Akhtar, will give a presentation on his poetry for the SSW community. Dr. Akhtar has published seven collections of poetry and serves as a scholar-in-residence at the Inter-Act Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Please join Dr. Akhtar for what should be an interesting presentation.

Pedagogy and Diversity Workshops - For Faculty

Tuesday, June 25, 7:00-9pm, Seelye 101
The goal of this workshop is to provide summer teaching faculty ongoing support and space to reflect on classroom transactions in connection with diversity content. Participants and the facilitators will determine together which topics will be covered. Previous workshops have addressed such issues as:

  • use of self to further issues of diversity and ways of attending to diversity in all classes;
  • how to respond to student-faculty and student-student micro-aggressions around diversity content;
  • similarities and differences in racial identity development for minority and majority group participants;
  • other selected didactic content

This workshop is open to all summer teaching faculty. The adjunct teaching faculty is particularly encouraged to attend.

Tuesdays, Term 1, 7:00-9:00pm, Seelye 101

Wednesday - June 27

Writing Center Workshop: Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics Review

Wednesdays, June 13, 20, 27, 12:30-1:30pm, Seelye 307
This three-session workshop will use discussion and exercises to review common errors and stylistic dilemmas encountered by graduate-level writers. Participants should try to attend all three sessions for maximum benefit.

To register, just add your name to the sign-up sheet outside the door to Seelye 307. FEEL FREE TO BRING YOUR LUNCH!

Student Org General Meeting

Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, Scales Living Room

DSO Weekly Meetings

Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30, Campus Center 003 (CC003)

Social Welfare Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA) Meetings

Wednesdays, 12:40-1:20pm, King Lounge, Lower Level
Are you a new Smith SSW student interested in social justice issues? Or a returning student with a new passion for community change? Check out Smith's chapter of SWAA (Social Welfare Action Alliance)!

SWAA is a national organization of progressive workers in human services. Founded in 1985, the Alliance is based on key principles that reflect a concern for social justice, peace and coalition building with progressive social movements. These principles articulate a need by social service workers for a practice and theory that responds to progressive concerns. Our Smith-based SWAA chapter focuses on addressing the historic divide in our profession between clinical work and community/social justice work. There are many of us who would like to find a way to pursue both in our careers, and we create events, panel discussions, and opportunities for fellow students to talk about their passion for social justice and community change.

Unlearning Racism Group

Wednesdays, 5:45-6:45pm, King Study
The purpose of the Unlearning Racism group, historically attended by white students, is to engage in an anti-racism commitment through personal responsibility. The group provides a supportive environment where we can explore and question our roles in the perpetuation of racism. Among other things, we examine the white privilege from which we have benefitted and try to understand how we can become allies to our colleagues of color. We acknowledge that we are responsible for how we respond to racism in our daily lives, in our work with clients and on the systemic level. We know that our choices and actions make a difference.

Students of Color Council Meeting

Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00pm, Scales Living Room

Presentation on Silence by Dr. Salman Akhtar

Wednesday, June 27, 7:00-8:30pm, Neilson Browsing Room
Distinguished visiting Lydia Rapoport Professor, Dr. Salman Akhtar, will give a presentation on the topic of silence for the SSW community. Please join Dr. Akhtar for what should be a rich presentation and discussion.

Thursday - June 28

LGBTQQIAF Alliance - Task Force Meeting

Thursdays, 12:30pm, Scales Study Room
This meeting is open to all SSW students who wish to help plan events and meetings for/with the Alliance. Bring your ideas (and your lunch)!

Curriculum Committee Open Meeting - NEW

Thursdays, 12:40-1:20, King Living Room
The mission and purpose of the student CC is to "build community among all members of the Smith School for Social Work; to join the members of the SSW community in a positive and effective forum for dialogue, with a focus on proactive and creative responses to identified issues." Its role in the community, therefore, is to serve as an intermediary organization through which the student body can voice its questions, concerns, and thoughts about the curriculum to the faculty. Ideally, it also serves as a mechanism for delivering to students information about curricular changes made year to year and it is a source of information for students interested in how the curriculum is constructed. Curriculum Committee meetings are open to the student body, however, we reserve the right to hold closed portions of meetings to discuss more sensitive and confidential items. 

Friday - June 29

Free Yoga for Students - NEW

Fridays, 1:00-2:00pm, Bodman Lounge (chapel)
Friday afternoon yoga classes will be an uplifting and energizing hour of linking movement to breath to create opennes and flexibility in the body. All levels and body shapes/sizes welcome. Please feel free to contact Becky at brothbergsmith.edu with any questions.

Dean's Conversation - NEW

Friday, June 29, 3:45-5:15pm, Scales Living Room
The dean's conversation is an opportunity for any member of the SSW community to explore contemplative practices, as well as to bring forth issues and ideas of importance to our community.

Saturday - June 30

 

JULY 1

After JULY 1

Brown Foundation Research Lecture:Mental Health Case Management and the Working Alliance: Some Psychodynamic Questions - NEW

Monday, June 25, 7:30pm, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall
Jeffrey Longhofer, Ph.D., LCSW
Jerry Floersch, Ph.D., LCSW

In recent years 'recovery' has become the single most important conceptual development in mental health service delivery. And while recovery is not a technique, method, or model of practice (i.e., motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or assertive community treatment), it does purport to describe and prescribe desired and valued outcomes for clients, parents, providers, researchers, and policymakers. In research and scholarship, memoirs and personal accounts, recovery makes reference to the roles of formal and informal relationships in producing and sustaining recovery from serious mental illnesses. The aim of this lecture is to identify the 'practical knowledge' deployed in problem solving interactions among mental health providers (principally case managers) and clients. Four categories of practical and relational knowledge are identified: doing for, doing with, standing by for support, and letting go. Case manager activities, however, are also value driven. For example, when case managers respect client dignity and independence, they act with values that guide them in making judgments about both the type and use of the relational activities (e.g., doing for and doing with activities) within specific time and spatial dimensions. Doing for and doing with, we argue, emerge from practical knowledge and in the particulars of caring relationships, and their effects cannot be explained or prescribed by technique. And practitioner reflections on value require our taking seriously 'values' as knowable and actionable. (read more)

Administrative Announcements

Mandatory Course Evaluations - NEW

Mandatory BannerWeb course evaluations begin Friday, June 29, at 8:00am and end on Friday, July 6 at 11:00pm. Please not the M.S.W. Handbook regulations at 200.7C - Student Requirement to Complete Course Evaluations: "Student evaluation of courses is a program requirement. Failure to complete a course evaluation by the deadline will result in the following: a) a grade/transcript hold; b) registration hold; c) diploma hold." These regulations apply to both master's and doctoral students. Responses to essay questions should be kept short and concise. Thank you for your cooperation.

Regalia for Commencement (Faculty and Graduating Students)

By now all faculty and potential August graduates should have received an email with information about ordering regalia for commencement. The deadline is Friday, July 6, 2012, so please contact Valerie Abrahamsen at vabraham@smith.edu immediately if you did not receive the email. (Students would have received the email at their Smith Mail addresses.)

Anti-Racism Consultation Committee

The Anti-Racism Consultation Committee (ARCC) was formed about one year after the Anti-Racism Task Force, in 1995. Its purpose is to be available to any member of the SSW community for consultation about issues of race, ethnicity, culture and social justice. To learn more about this committee and to see a list of committee members, please visit http://www.smith.edu/ssw/about_antiracism_committee.php

Thesis Information

 

General Notices

Group Meditation and Yoga Classes - NEW

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Bodman Lounge
We will be offering group meditation in Bodman Lounge in the basement of Helen Hills Hills Chapel at the following times:

MONDAYS 1:00-1:30pm
WEDNESDAYS 7:30-8:00am
THURSDAYS 4:00-4:300pm


Note that this is a new location for these sessions. Beginners as well as experienced meditators are welcome.

Additionally, thanks to two generous fellow Smithies we will be offering twice weekly free yoga classes for the rest of the summer (except during break week).

Tuesdays, 8:15am-9:00am, Ainsworth 151 (in the gym) led by Julia Jakubowski
Fridays, 1:00-2:00pm, Bodman Lounge in the chapel led by Becky Rothberg.

While the classes are free, yoga mats are not provided, so please bring your own. Please come early so that the classes can start on time without disruption.

The Tuesday morning yoga class will have a focus on grounding postures and breathing practices, and creating mindfulness of the subtle experience of yoga. All levels welcome. Come connect to the earth and get nourished! Class will be lead by Julia Jakubowski. If you have questions email Julia at jjakubo@smith.edu.

Friday afternoon yoga classes will be an uplifting and energizing hour of linking movement to breath to create opennes and flexibility in the body. All levels and body shapes/sizes welcome. Please feel free to contact Becky at brothbergsmith.edu with any questions.

Global Health, Development & Community in East Africa - NEW

Wednesday, June 27  
Presentation 10:30am-noon, Stoddard Hall Auditorium
Dziwe Ntaba's discussion 1:30-2:30pm, Campus Center 103/104
Tracy Kidder's workshop 1:30-2:30pm, Campus Center 205


Please join us for this joint presentation with Dziwe Ntaba, M.D., Health Programs director at Village Health Works, and Tracy Kidder, local Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Strength in What Remains, the story of Village Health Works founder Deogratis Niyizonkiza. The talks will take place from 10:30am-12:00pm in Stoddard Hall Auditorium. From 1:30-2:30pm, each speaker will hold a separate workshop for further discussion and dialogue. Dziwe Ntaba's workshop will be about Village Health Works, global health delivery and design of effective health programs. Tracy Kidder's workshop will focus on the learning and writing process, particularly as it relates to Strength in What Remains.

Questions? Ask Katie Lipp at klipp@smith.edu or 413-585-4296. These events are co-sponsored by the Clark Science Center and the Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching, and Learning, with funding from the Howard Huges Medical Institute.

List of Local Summer Camps, Programs, Schools, and Daycare

The school has prepared a list of local summer camps, local summer programs and schools, and local special programs, schools, and daycare centers for anyone interested in summer child care. To receive a copy of the local camps, programs, and schools, please email Doreen Underdue at dunderdu@smith.edu. This list is also for viewing in the main office in Lilly Hall.

Lost and Found: Current Items - NEW

Currently the following items are in the Lost and Found in the main office of Lilly Hall 101:

small, blue SSW water bottle
tall, grey Crate and Barrell mug/thermos
small, black collapsible umbrella
brownish/maroon pair of sunglasses from Solar Shield


The owners of these lost items can pick them up at reception 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Any questions or concerns, call extension 7952.

Ongoing Events

Also see the SSW events calendar for all regularly schedule weekly events: http://www.smith.edu/ssw/about_news_calendar.php

Anti-racism Task Force Meeting

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, King Study Room

Council for Students of Color Meeting

Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00pm, Scales Living Room

Council for Students of Color EBoard Meeting

Mondays, 5:45-6:45pm, Scales Study Room

Disability Awareness Group - NEW

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30, Scales Living Room

DSO Weekly Meetings

Wednesdays, 12:15-1:30pm, Campus Center 003 (CC003)

LGBTQQIAF Alliance General Meeting

Tuesdays, 5:45pm, Scales Living Room

LGBTQQIAF Alliance - Task Force Meeting

Thursdays, 12:30pm, Scales Study Room

Social Welfare Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA) Meetings

Wednesdays, 12:40-1:20pm, King Lounge, Lower Level

Student Org Executive Meeting

Mondays, 12:30-1:30pm, Scales Study Room

Student Org General Meeting

Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, Scales Living Room

Unlearning Racism Group

Wednesdays, 5:45-6:45pm, King Study